• Careers
  • HR Gib Relocate
  • HR Spain Relocate
  • Adventure Activities
  • Sport & Leisure
  • Media Services
  • Auto Rentals
  • Auto Services
  • Legal & Finance
  • Domestic Services
  • Retail
  • Service
  • Festivals
  • Bucket List
  • Spain from Madrid
  • Spain from Gib Clockwise
  • Spain from France North
  • Spain from France South
  • Spain from Portugal
  • Gibraltar Clockwise
  • Gibraltar Anti Clockwise
  • Beaches West of Gibraltar
  • Beaches East of Gibraltar
  • Andalucia Adv East
  • Andalusia Adv West
  • Andalusia Adv South
  • White Villiage Adv East
  • White Villiage Adv West
  • White Villiage Adv South
  • Castles Top Ten Spain
  • Gibraltar to Madrid
  • Gibraltar Malaga Ronda Cordoba Seville Cadiz Gibraltar
  • Gibraltar Cadiz Seville Cordoba Malaga Ronda Gibraltar
  • Gib - Sierra - Cordoba - Ronda - Gib
  • Andalusia Anti clockwise
  • Andalusia Clockwise
  • H.R.
  • Unesco Sites
  • Medical
  • Bank
  • Gibraltar - South Africa
  • South Africa - Gibraltar
  • Residential Gib
  • NW France - Gibraltar
  • SW France - Gibraltar
  • Gibraltar to Arctic
  • Arctic to Gibraltar
  • Border Crossing
  • National Park
  • Route 66 East
  • Route 66 West
  • Israel, Tel Aviv, West Bank AC Adventure
  • Israel & West Bank Clockwise
  • Residential Spain
  • Residential Gibraltar
  • Epic Road Trips
  • Hotels
  • Shops
  • Mediterranean Road Trip Gib to France
  • Beaches
  • Rentals
  • Bars Wine Cuisine
  • Sun & Adv South - North
  • Madrid Go North ACW
  • Dump
  • Spain from Madrid
  • Spain from Barca
  • Philippines Northern Route
  • Philippines Southern Route
  • Route 66 from West
  • Test Philipines
  • Australia ACW
  • Asia
  • Australia CW
  • Oceania
  • BMW Service
  • Unesco
  • BMW Motorrad Group

Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park, Central District, Israel

This must see park contains an ancient architectural marvel – countless caves intended for a wide range of uses, a complete Roman amphitheater, and the impressive ruins of a fortress.

The national park has sparse woodlands and Mediterranean scrub, rich in many species of flora and fauna. Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park is located in the heart of the Judean lowlands, a region of low hills, 250–350 m above sea level.

The hills are covered with Mediterranean woodland mainly used for grazing, while the fertile soil that has collected in the valleys has been cultivated since ancient times. Within the national park, which covers about 5,000 dunams (1,250 acres), is the biblical city of Maresha. During the Roman period Maresha was abandoned and the settlement moved to nearby Bet Guvrin. At that time, Bet Guvrin straddled an important junction on the road from Lod and Ashkelon to Hebron and Jerusalem.

The national park is famed for the numerous and fascinating caves dug by its ancient inhabitants. These caves served many purposes – as quarries, cisterns, storerooms, dovecotes, tombs, storage chambers for produce and shelters for farm animals. Hewn caves are a common phenomenon in the lowlands because the rocks that make up the region are soft, lightcolored chalk that is easy to quarry. In many places the chalk is covered with a harder crust, known as nari, some 1.5–3.0 m thick.

Visit Israel. Epic Israel Adventure route © Monika & Simon Newbound. All rights reserved 2017

Rate us and Write a Review

Your Rating for this listing


Your review is recommended to be at least 140 characters long

Your request has been submitted successfully.

building Own or work here? Claim Now! Claim Now!

Claim This Listing